Emerging applications of wireless sensors

November 7, 2008
Prof. Brian Otis University of Washington


Emerging applications of wireless sensors require currently-unavailable levels of system integration, functionality, and lifetime. Challenges include the integration of a robust low power wireless link, sensor signal processing, and system miniaturization. We'll discuss circuit design techniques utilizing micro-electromechanical (MEMS) devices to reduce the power consumption and footprint of wireless transceivers. Recent work in low power analog sensor interfaces will be presented. Finally, I'll describe a few applications in the medical community that will benefit
from these advancements.


Brian Otis received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the University of Washington as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in August 2005, where he directs the Wireless Sensing Lab. His research interests include ultra-low integrated circuit design for enabling previously impossible sensing and communication paradigms. He has previously held positions at Intel Corporation and Agilent Technologies. Dr. Otis is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II. He was the recipient of the 2003 U.C. Berkeley Seven Rosen Funds award for innovation and was co-recipient of the 2002 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper.